China’s state media is not happy with one of Elon Musk’s recent tweets, warning that it could cost the world’s richest man business.
He did it through a pass-through organization (EcoHealth)
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 26, 2023
According to a report from CNBC, The world time called out the CEO of Tesla and Twitter for putting forward what they call a “conspiracy theory defaming China” about covid leaking from a Chinese lab.
Musk responded to a tweet claiming that Anthony S. Fauci, the former medical adviser to President Biden and Trump, funded the creation of the coronavirus.
“He did it through a conduit (EcoHealth),” Musk tweeted, suggesting the unproven theory was true.
In a private social post,The world time snapped back, “these comments of his have been used continuously by those US right-wing and anti-China media outlets hostile to China as material to entrap China.”
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Don’t bite the hand that feeds you
The world time also asked if Musk is “breaking the pot of China,” a phrase similar to the English phrase “biting the hand that feeds you,” according to CNBC reporter Eunice Woon.
#China The newspaper of the Communist Party warns @Elon Musk against pushing #COVID-19 lab leak theory. @globaltimesnews social media posts “Elon Musk, are you breaking China’s pot?” (“Breaking the pot after eating” is Chinese “to bite the hand that feeds you.”) https://t.co/iWmMZAOiGt pic.twitter.com/nN1lhMDlYq
— Eunice Yoon (@onlyyoontv) February 28, 2023
Poor relations with the Chinese government can be disastrous for business. China is Tesla’s second-largest market after the United States, accounting for about 40 percent of total sales. Tesla also has a huge factory in Shanghai.
Musk has not commented on the Worldwide timesafter.